Romelu Lukaku showed his class in more than one way by sending a beautiful message to Christian Eriksen in Belgium’s 3-0 victory over Russia.
The striker gave his country the lead ten minutes later, taking advantage of a sloppy defense and getting the ball home in St. Petersburg.
But what Lukaku did after was even better as he wished his Inter Milan team-mate Eriksen good luck.
“Chris, Chris … I love you!” he said to the camera.
It referred to a horror incident during Denmark’s clash against Finland, which was briefly postponed after Eriksen collapsed on the pitch.
Fortunately, Eriksen is in stable condition and is beginning his recovery. The Group B match resumed later, as Finland won 1-0.
There was some controversy over Lukaku’s goal with their star striker finding himself in an offside position when the initial ball was played to him.
However, the goal was given due to a Russian defender trying to play the ball. TalkSPORT’s Stuart Pearce complaining about an “incorrect law of the game” was the reason the goal was awarded.
The Belgians took control of the Group B clash with Thomas Meunier doubling their lead in the 34th minute – the defender scored a simple tap-in after Russian goalkeeper Anton Shunin placed the ball straight into his path.
Meunier was on hand to score after replacing Timothy Castagne seven minutes earlier. The Leicester defender was forced to leave the pitch after a nasty collision with Daler Kuzayev.
The extent of Castagne’s injury has not been confirmed, however, there are concerns that he broke his orbit, an injury similar to that of teammate Kevin De Bruyne, who played no part in the match, suffered in the Champions League final on May 29. .
Lukaku put some shine on the score as he scored his second and Belgium’s third – the 28-year-old clinging to Menuier’s deep ball before beating Shunin at his nearby post.